The Value of a True Friend
I Samuel 18:1-4 KJV And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.  And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house.  Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.  And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.
- INTRODUCTION - FRIENDS
Clarence Macartney - One cannot always choose his vocation or surroundings in the world but one can choose his friends.
Charles Spurgeon - I would rather be chained in a dungeon, wrist to wrist with a Christian, than to live forever with the wicked in the sunshine of happiness.
Samuel Johnson - A man should keep his friendships in a state of constant repair.
- W. Boreham - The man who has learned to keep his friendships in perfect repair is a very wise workman indeed.
Ralph Waldo Emerson - The glory of friendship is not in the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is in the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.
-There are many people in life today who are tromping along with heavy hearts and great mental burdens. They have a poignant regret about a certain hour they met a friend whom now they will say, “Oh, if I had never met him! If I had never known him!”